Wake up, start your week, and dive into the Monday Morning GDI Goalie News! Who stopped the most shots… which netminder rebounded from a tough loss… who had the best performance of the week?Look below, get your goalie fix to start the week. Here we go!
Make sure you stay sharp as the new hockey season gets underway. The month of October is starting to fill up for 1v1 sessions at the centre.
We are open from 3:30pm-9:30pm during the week and 10:00am-3:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
To make sure you secure your spots throughout October, we suggest signing up for your 1v1 sessions well in advance!
Total GDI In-Season Academy
The In-Season Total GDI Goaltending Academy is designed to support the competitive athlete. With hectic team practice and game schedules in mind, the Academy gives goaltenders the opportunity to train before school hours to help their time management and create a positive environment to succeed at both education and hockey development.
15 Tactical Sessions During Season (50 Minute duration each)
8 Power Hour Sessions During Season (60 Minutes duration each)
Pre-Ice Online Instruction included on GDI Tracker – Student Login
Jersey and Water Bottle Included
Quarterly Video Analysis Reports on GDI Tracker
Low Athlete: Coach Ratio (3:1)
Time and Cost Effective
Unparalleled Goaltender Support
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Lotz Changing His Stripes
GDI Goalie Austin Lotz will be wearing new colours the next time he steps on the ice.
"The 20-year-old former Everett Silvertips goaltender and fan favorite was selected by the Medicine Hat Tigers Thursday in the WHL overage cut-down draft."
Thursday afternoon Lotz tweeted:
“(I am) very excited about being picked up by the Tigers,” Lotz said in a text message to the Herald. “They're a classy organization and I'm very happy to remain in the league that my heart is in.”
Lotz posted a 73-61-7-8 record in four seasons with Everett to go along with a 2.95 goals-against average and a .902 career save percentage.
“Austin Lotz has been a very good player here, a very good person to fans, to corporate people, (and) to teammates,” Everett general manager Garry Davidson said. “I'm really excited that it has happened."
To read more Click HereLotz wasted no time adjusting to his new team making two consecutive starts for the Tigers.
On Friday night, Lotz turned aside 28 of the 31 shots fired on net in a 6-3 win over the visiting Kootenay Ice.
Saturday Lotz and the Tigers took on the Calgary Hitmen.
Lotz would steal the show as he made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season. The Tigers would end up defeating the Hitmen 6-0.
The shutout was Lotz's 11th of his Western Hockey League career. Lotz was also named the game's first star.
Lotz has been training with GDI for over 7 years through 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy.
Edmonds Still Top Cat
Ty Edmonds is a rare exception in the Western Hockey League.
Most goaltenders have a season or two playing the role as backup to an older incumbent.
Not Edmonds. He's been the go-to guy for the Prince George Cougars practically since he joined the team two years ago as a 17-year-old rookie.
"Eddie's not going anywhere, he's our guy right now. He's the guy who took us to the playoffs last year and we'll certainly be counting on him taking us further into the playoffs this year," said Cougars head coach Mark Holick.
"His effort has been excellent, he came into camp in good shape and the results are where they are because he had a good summer."
Edmonds played well in the preseason, and part of that had to do with his physical conditioning. Now listed at six-foot-two, 185 pounds, he spent the off-season at home in Winnipeg and used that time to get stronger and more flexible.
"It's been pretty much the same as last year, you feel stronger and faster so it's always nice to see results and I'm really enjoying it," said Edmonds.
Edmonds won the hearts of Cougar fans in October 2013 when he posted two shutouts in the same week and allowed just three goals in five games during that stretch. At that point he'd played only two other games, coming in to relieve Zarowny. The Cougars missed the playoffs that year but Edmonds was good enough to get picked for the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
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Friday night Edmonds was perfect in a 3-0 win over the defending Western Hockey League champions, The Kelowna Rockets.
Edmonds made 35 saves for his first shutout of the season. Edmonds was also named the game's first star for his solid performance.
Edmonds has been training with GDI for 7 years through 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy.
Brown Dethrones Oil Kings
Plan B worked out quite nicely for the Regina Pats on Friday night.
With No. 1 goalie Daniel Wapple a late scratch due to illness, backup Tyler Brown got the call and stopped 41 shots in a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings before 4,765 fans at Rexall Place.
Despite a strong performance from top to bottom, it was Brown who stood out. The 18-year-old netminder punctuated the effort by stopping 14 of 15 shots in the third period.
“We need him to play like that,” said Paddock, whose team was outshot 43-31. “It’s not surprising. He made really good strides last year. He worked really hard, he improved, he got stronger during the summer.
“He had to make a lot of good saves tonight but I’d be disappointed if he didn’t play like that. I think he has reached a level where that’s expected. You’re going to have a bad game here and there and you’re going to have a bad goal here and there but I think he’s a No. 1 goalie.”
To read more Click HereBrown has been training with GDI for over 6 years through 1v1 lessons, GDI Summer Camps and the Total GDI Academy.______________________________________________________________________________________
Claeys Solid In Win Over Neepawa
Brody Claeys was solid between the pipes for the OCN Blizzard Saturday night.
Claeys and the Blizzard beat the Neepawa Natives by a score of 7-1.
Claeys' shutout pitch was ended with only 51 seconds left in the game. Claeys finished the game with 28 saves, including 13 in the first period.
Claeys has been training with GDI for many years through 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy.
GDI Power Hours
The GDI Pre-Season Power Hours continued this week at The Rink Training Centre.
The goalies have been coming to GDI every Wednesday to stay sharp for the current hockey season.
GDI would like to wish all of the goalies that attended the best of luck in their new seasons.
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"TIGERS WIN!! The Tigers defeat the @WHLHitmen 6-0 tonight. @lotzy30 with his first shutout of the season! Stay tuned for the recap."
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VAUGHN EQUIPMENT DEMOS
Are you looking at getting new equipment? Ask us about our Vaughn demo equipment. We have many different sets of Vaughn equipment that are available for you to demo during your 1v1 lesson at GDI Goaltending.
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TESTify Performance is a new addition to GDI and The Rink. Check out Adam Jones of the Midget AAA Winnipeg Wild running through the tests of a TESTify Performance session.
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Make sure to check back at gdigoaltending.com on Tuesdays to read the Tuesday Mental Training tip.
Head over to The Rink Training Centre Blog at www.therink.ca on Wednesday to catch THE WEEKLY WORD for all the news on the players training at the centre! Wednesday reports on players are written by The Rink's Jon Cara and Monday reports on skill development are written by The Rink's Dave Cameron.
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Brett is the Development Coordinator at GDI and is the current Goaltending Coach of the MBAAA Winnipeg Thrashers.
Brett provides 1v1 instruction at GDI, along with being apart of GDI Regional Development Camps and Clinics throughout the season. He provides a strong technical and psychological perspective on the position, helping each goaltender he instructs reach new heights.